Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge: May Wrap Up

Time for our fifth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the April Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor I have finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the May giveaway runs from May 25rd - June 25rd. On June 25rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #127: Ivory and Bone


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Ivory and Bone #1 by Julie Eshbaugh:
Teasers: If you are sick or simply tired, as gracious hosts we should check on you and offer you something to eat. If you are being rude and unsociable, that doesn't excuse us from acting the same.
(Loc 13%, 530 of 4048)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Post #174

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED/FREEBIES~
Rise (The Order of the Krigers #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
TBD

Yay for official summer time for my kids!! I still have this week keeping the toddler I'm a full time sitter for, but then his Mom will be out for the summer too and it'll really be relaxing around our house. In book news, I'm slacking and need to pick my pace back up. I've had several slow books in a row and on top of hectic schedules I haven't made time to read like I would if I were really into a story.

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Expected Publication: September 6, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.


Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Post #173

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED/FREEBIES~
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Rose #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Buy Link: Amazon

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY: 

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
TBD

It's been two weeks since my last Sunday Post. Do you ever feel like typing up a blog post is just one more thing to do in a string of busy days and you're like "forget it"? Well, that was me last Sunday. My body is reaching it's limit on having to go, go, go. An eye twitch developed and watching a tv show at 8:30 at night even was impossible for me the last two weeks without falling asleep. Forget reading! I tried and never made it past one page at night. Thankfully this weekend was finally, much needed REST. But our schedule is on the downward slope to less demanding and constant activities. My kids have 3 days left of school this week and daughter's softball is coming to an end (after a double header this week and then a double elimination tournament the following week). This Momma needs a vacation! But I'll take a couple lazy weeks too.

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

*ARC* Masterpiecers - Review

The Masterpiecers (Masterful #1)

By: Olivia Wildenstein

Published: April 15, 2016

352 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd’s talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight. 

Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad.

Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It’s the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.
MY REVIEW:
Mysteries and Thrillers are not usually genres that I am a big fan of. I decided to give this one a try though due to its high ratings on Goodreads. Some time into the story I realized that this also dealt with mental illness, though by the end, how much and to what extent isn't fully known yet. I have read a few books that ended with the conclusion that the main character suffered from mental illness. And I'm 100% NOT a fan of that type of story. Total personal preference. That aspect of this made my overall rating drop.

The story follows twin sisters. One of which, Ivy, is extremely gifted in art. Her particular art is making these elaborate and exquisite quilts. The other sister, Aster, doesn't appear to be gifted in much of anything. Their own mother played favorites among them and Aster got the raw end of the deal. She was abused by their mother and never felt wanted by anyone but her twin.

At age 19, Ivy is selected to participate on a reality TV show with the final winner being rewarded a large sum of money and a position in the prestigious art school called The Masterpiecers. Before she leaves for the show though, Aster is involved in a murder, specifically the murder of a mafia member. She claims it was self-defense. The authorities think otherwise and she is sent off to prison to await trial. Aster encourages Ivy to go ahead with the show. Afterall, they are each other's number one fan.

The book alternates chapters between the sisters. Although Ivy is allowed no outside contact while on the show, Aster is allowed permission to watch her sister on the show daily. So there's not much disconnect between their situations as the reader sees what's going on with each sister.

I did find some discrepancies in the story with some minor details and I had an irritation with the personality similarities of Dominic, who is the TV host for The Masterpiecers show, to that of Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games.

If you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries then you'll enjoy this story. As for the mental illness, I'm still unsure which direction this is being taken in the story line, but suffice it to say, it does play a part.

Favorite Quotes:
The treacherous tunnel I'm walking through will lead back into the light whether through a gilded doorway or a pothole in the road.

"Life's too short to do something you're not passionate about."

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

Is it possible to flatline when you're still alive?

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1.5 (light - medium)
Final Rating: 3 stars

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Carve the Mark


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Expected Publication: January 17, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
What are you waiting on this week?
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